25 Years of Food Follies: 1987-2012

We're looking back at oddball food trends and nutritional nonsense. By: Jenny Everett

25 Years of Food Follies
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25 Years of Food Follies

Bacon milk shakes! Inhalable snacks! In the year of Cooking Light's 25th birthday, we look back at some weird, wacky, and occasionally alarming trends that have bubbled up in the stew pot of the collective food consciousness. Fetch a cold glass of hemp milk, and settle down for a look back in bafflement. We'll start in 1987.

1987 | The frank gets longer

Portion growth in 2012 is old news: In 1987, the 6.5-ounce bottle of cola is already a relic, having been replaced by 10-ounce cans and 12-ounce bottles. Bagels have ballooned from 3- to 5- or 6-inch rounds. Why not weenies? American hot dogs had been about 4.8 inches long since the late 1800s, nestled in buns that were longer than the sausage. Now Oscar Mayer introduces the bun-length hot dog. The new, adjusted tube steaks are 6 inches, with 2g more sat fat (a 40% increase) and 40 more calories (a 30% increase).

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